Springer Spaniel Puppy Biting

Our springer (10 Weeks)will frequently bite at us, not viscously, but it still hurts. We give her chew toys and are not having much luck stopping her. any other suggestion?



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Apr 13, 2019
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Piranha Springer puppy
by: Anonymous

We have a five month old Springer named Finley. We got him at a little over 8 weeks old. For 3 long winter months, thought we were lose our minds with his biting. He tore through sweatshirts and regularly had bloodied hands.
We tried everything. In Finley’s case, ANYTHING- minute he was tired, had to go out, just went out, saying "ouch" just made him lose it. Finally, we discovered putting him in time out, never in his crate, but in our puppy proof bathroom did the trick. On went the timer on the stove for 3-5 minutes so he would understand "why" he was there. Issue a command of "no bite". Say Nothing Else. Close the door-calmly. And leave. When time out was through, calmly remove him. ANY time Finley would mouth or bite, back in calmly he would be put. Be prepared to do this many times until he gets the message.
Nothing else worked. But make sure your puppy does not escalate before you do this. They lose all common sense in that state of mind. He is a lovely middle school knucklehead now.

Aug 18, 2018
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12 weeks reply NEW
by: Anonymous

At 12 weeks we had what we termed "rage poop" issues. When he started nipping us, pulling our hair and becoming frantic one of us would put his lead on and take him to a quiet area outside, away from distractions, and ask him to poo. Putting the lead on (even if he had access to outside) seemed to calm him down and help him focus.

It's important not to take these episodes as a personal attack. They just have so much going on I imagine it is hard to process.

Aug 17, 2018
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Constant biting NEW
by: Anonymous

We have a 12 week old Springer spaniel. She has a biting problem. It seems more frequent and aggressive than normal nipping. She bares her teeth when jumping up on us, grabs our pant legs and bites down and frequently gets our hands and arms too. We’ve tried time outs, distracting her immediately with a toy, holding down her snout. Nothing seems to work and in some cases, the biting behavior continues immediately after the punishment. I’ve heard to turn your back on them if they start biting. When I do this she just bites my ankles. What would you recommend?

Aug 14, 2018
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Nippy Zoomies and how we are surviving NEW
by: Anonymous

Hudson, our English Springer Spaniel, is now 15 weeks old. In the 4 weeks he has been with us, myself and my partner have repeatedly discussed wither we did the right thing... then we turn a corner and find ourselves bonding, laughing or simply enjoying the wee mans personality. For the most part he is a star. House training went well. A few accidents but nothing we couldn't handle (actually I think they were our fault for not listening to his little hints). We gave 2 leads now - a stretchy one for forest walks and a short one for pedestrian walking. He seems to know the difference and adjust accordingly. So he is doing really well. The nipping and biting nearly broke us until we made some breakthroughs - which include cold carrots from the fridge, treats wrapped in cardboard, hide the treat (wow they have great noses), pass the puppy - basically, we both have treats and call him back and forward - do a few sits, etc. The best tools in our anti-biting kit is the car with the AC on full blast, sitting quietly with him in front of a fan and cuddling him up in his furry dog bed rocking him and silly singing with him or making silly noises. The biggest tip was to teach him soft mouth bitting. When he is calm let him nibble and when it gets a bit harder do the yelp, blow a raspberry at him or sneeze. The yelp doesn't work for us when he is going full tilt but the other stuff does. When he realises he has been a bit hard and softens I give him loads of praise and crazy butterfly kisses all over his face and ears. Not real kisses just happy huggy pretend kisses. I am sure there are other things as I have turned into a bit of a loon. Oh yeah - rather than being all no and let go with a mean frustrated voice we now find ourselves saying thanks and happily freeing things from his grasp. I hope we all make it through this stage because they are lovely dogs. I had one growing up and only have very fond memories of him. Maybe my Mum has some different memories? I only remember the fun times.

Apr 22, 2018
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Springers weight NEW
by: Nicola

Hi, Gog our 17 week old springer weighed yesterday at he is 8.3kg when we checked on line It says he is under weight, he has put on 1.1kg since the get weighed him 3 weeks ago but I’m worried he is under weight for his age, any advise?
He’s currently on jollies life stage grain free puppy dry food, 3 times a day, 200g a day plus I give him a small handful of fresh chicken at the tea time feed, he has a few treats while training through the day mainly just his food or puppy treats, he also has a piece of carrot or apple to chew on as he’s treething. He never greeds off us but does gulp his food down but I use a puppy slow feeder. We are first time dog owners so any advice would be great thanks x

Apr 14, 2018
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Love my springer NEW
by: Adam

Duke is 6 months old now but besides a few hiccups he has caught on to training exelently the whole way. I highly recommend reading a training book I got "Dog training" by Jason Smith on my phone and the methods are solid. He’s turning into a real champ and become a cherished member of our family! You guys picked the right breed, enjoy!

Apr 12, 2018
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Training, stimulation, exsercise to stop the bites. NEW
by: Pewe

Guys you all need to wear out your pups they are high energy dogs, plenty of mental stimulation goes along way to encourage your pups to engage with you other than biting you. A 12-20 week old pup can handle a 30min walk twice a day and please folks when they encounter other dogs DO NOT keep picking them up to protect them, this will create even more problems in the long term. So let's recap mental stimulation IE lots of training in and out of the house, plenty of exercise to much is still never enough for a Springer especially when they get to 1-4 years old.Distract your pups from constantly biting with training. And if you play tug of war you must be gentle as there jaws are still developing and you must always win to pee serve the alpha role.

Apr 12, 2018
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Biting 16 week old spaniel NEW
by: Nicols

Reading all the comments I don’t feel alone, our 16 week old puppy is biting a lot, also going for mine and my daughters hair when we are sitting on the sofa. He’s been a really good puppy apart from this, we got him at 9 weeks, our first dog, he’s fab at night goes into his crate at 10-10-30 till 6 no problem. Fully toilet trained within a couple of weeks. It’s just the biting and also he eats everything in the garden but think that’s normal too. I’m currently trying the no attention walk away method and will see how that goes. Could I ask how much exercise you all are giving your puppy, Toby goes in the garden lots and we are taking him on two little walks a day at the minute no longer the 30 mins each. He loves little children (we have two grandchildren 4 and 7) he gets excited when he sees anyone outside, he had met lots of other dogs. Any tips would be great for me s new puppy owner, thank you

Jul 09, 2017
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biting NEW
by: Amanda

Hi, we have a 13 week old male springer. He has been with us for 5 weeks. He is a biter. We have tried loads of strategies; yelping, assertive 'no', ignoring, putting him in his cage. He often comes out of the cage 10 mins after and is calm for a while. He is often quick to start again. Like other posts here, the more he is chastised the more hyper, barky and bitey he gets. He is attending puppy classes and works well there. We continue the training at home and when he is calm he responds well. When he is calm he is adorable. I am having a home session from the puppy trainer next week. I'll post again after then.

Jul 08, 2017
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biting NEW
by: Amanda

Hi, we have a 13 week old male springer. He has been with us for 5 weeks. He is a biter. We have tried loads of strategies; yelping, assertive 'no', ignoring, putting him in his cage. He often comes out of the cage 10 mins after and is calm for a while. He is often quick to start again. Like other posts here, the more he is chastised the more hyper, barky and bitey he gets. He is attending puppy classes and works well there. We continue the training at home and when he is calm he responds well. When he is calm he is adorable. I am having a home session from the puppy trainer next week. I'll post again after then.

Jun 25, 2017
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Puppy biting is normal. NEW
by: Pewe

Hi we've just had our second springer pup, shes really feisty it's great and 9 and half week old. She is chewing and biting really getting to know all the different feels and tastes of stuff, this is no different than a new born baby using there hands. Things that are off limits are chewing shoes,clothing, sofas and faces, teach your pup what it can and can't chew but do not stop it all together. Taking your pup to a puppy class is essential if you have no other dogs in the household, pups need to learn bite resistance so they no not to bite hard. Our 1 year 2month old boy is doing a fantastic job of teaching her the ropes and wears her out constantly.
Please don't be disillusioned by puppy biting the sharp needle biting only last a few weeks and then it will gradually get softer and softer as pup learns, if your pup bites you to hard just give a little high pitched yelp to let the pup know he or she has hurt you.
Good luck to all new puppy owners it's 100% worth it all seeing them grow up to become placid obeidient adult dogs.

Mar 01, 2017
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Cooper NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi we have the same problem with our 13 week old Springer, he nips and bites. They say plenty of exercise and chew toys, but because of his age you can't exercise them too much and their is only certain chew toys for his age??? He has a mad few minutes which is fine but they he goes for us growling and biting, you have a job to get hold of him to put him where you want him. We know that the biting is normal but it can be quite scarey at times, he then can sense how we feel. He is a great dog but fit that.
Any ideas, with chew toys etc.

Oct 07, 2016
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puppy help needed NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi I have a puppy girl Springer Spaniel, she is none stop biting, also she will go outside in the garden, but comes back in the house to wee and poo on her training pads if we don't put them down then she will go on the carpet any tips on these please, she is 9 weeks old

Oct 20, 2015
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Teh bitting does stop NEW
by: Neil

Hi everyone. Just reading this page and wanted to share some info with you. I grew up with 2 springer spaniels. These dogs are full of energy and I believe the best dog to have for your family. I now have a 14 week old springer and yes, the biting is constant and when you ignore or yell "no biting" he thinks it's play time and gets more hyper. This is normal. Do not hit or lash out at your dog. He will think you are playing and it will get worse. I find distracting him with a toy and then walking away helps. If he follows you and keeps biting, pick him up and move him to a space where he gets some quite time. Give him about 15 minutes to calm down and keep plenty of chewing toys available for him. The chewing and biting does slow down and eventually stop. I noticed with my springers that around the 5 to 6 month stage when they lose their milk teeth the chewing and biting calms down. Springers are great dogs and will give you years of fun and enjoyment. As puppies they are hard work but worth every second. Remember if you have a puppy and you let it out in your house to play and run around, keep your eye on him. It takes them a second to rip down curtains or chew you nice new sofa 

Apr 24, 2015
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Puppy biting. NEW
by: Anonymous

I have a 10 week old Springer called Ollie and he is a little nipper. Tried ouch and turning away from him and time out but this seems to make him worse, especially ouch he just thinks it's a game and does it all the more. I got a little slip lead in a puppy pack from the vet when I took him for his first health check and when he gets a bit excited and bites I tell him firmly NO put the lead on him, sit him beside me and give him his chew toys to bite. This seems to calm him down quite quickly. This may be just a temporary fix but it works for me and hopefully he will grow out of it.

Jan 02, 2015
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Springer Spaniel Puppy Biting NEW
by: Anonymous

our puppy is the same - he has 1 baby tooth today and another is loose with 2 remaining front teeth looking very sore too.

hoping that his biting stops once he gets his new teeth.

we've been assured that they grow out of.

we use a crate if he is bting and woin't calm down - just until he settles then open the door again.

husband just given him an ice cube to chew on.

this is our first puppy and the biting is tiring but apparently it does get better - just be stern and consistent. x

Dec 15, 2014
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puppy biting NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi looking for some advice I have a 16week Springer spaniel and his biting is getting worse he bite my 4 year old last night and marked all his face. I am at my white end I have tried yelping walking away, put him in his crate and even held his mouth closed and said no. The more I try to settle him down the more excited he gets and tries to bite me and growls. Any advice appricated as really don't want to get rid of him however the safety of my children come first.
thanks.

Feb 21, 2014
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Aggressive spaniel maimed family member NEW
by: Anonymous

Beware this breed. My sister inlaw was picking up her daughter at her boyfriends house when their springer spaniel bit her in the face. The attack was unprovoked but the dog was excited. This is the dogs second bite attack. Apparently attacked a neighbors child 5 years ago. Beware, my sister inlaw is maimed for life

Aug 07, 2011
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jaws? the devil's dog?
by: andrea

no just our beautiful springer puppy who doesnt quite understand play etiquette. it has made me feel much better reading these comments. I was at my wits end with my springer who was biting, biting biting...people might have thought i was self harming. The worst was between 9-14 weeks but it has definitely lessened. She is still not there completely but definitely heading in the right direction. I think give plenty of chew toys, play toys, opportunity to run etc. Excitement def stimulates the bite reaction and quiet time might be needed. In response to biting I have screamed to let her know she has hurt me, left the room, turned my back and ignored her (if you can)scolded and even shown her the blood she has drawn(her ears have gone flat!!) along with repeating same words over and over again. I have no doubt she will get there - just hang in everyone!!

Dec 31, 2010
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Jaws of Death
by: Anonymous

I just brought home my 11 week old Springer- his name is Sam and is very very handsome. He is biting everything makes me think omg what did i get myself into??? I love my puppy to peices and my children do too. I need help on how to get him to stop. whenever i shout "OW!!!" and pull away it gets him more excited and he doesnt let up. also, i put him in the crate when he gets too rowled up to calm him down. But i dont see how that is really fixing his issue...its just putting him in the crate so he calms down. Please if anyone can suggest something that will make him stop biting so much id greatly appreciate it.

Nov 27, 2010
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Nipping
by: Anonymous

Hi i also have a 11 wk old springer called Charlie, he is gorgeous looking but a real nipper, i have 2 small children one of which he actually caught under her eye today, i thought i was going to have to take her to hospital as it was quite bad, my daughter love him to bits but i have to get this under control asap as we cant afford any more "accident". Ive been trying the yelping which just got him more excited so i stopped doing that and just carried on with removing him from the room when he gets a bit out of hand and saying no but he is still pretty bad. Im taking him to his first puppy class nxt week and im hoping he will get put in his place by some other pups and hopefully learn its not nice to bite! Any tips would be much appreciated. xx

Apr 29, 2010
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biting
by: carol

we have a springer pup who keeps nipping how can we stop this

Oct 18, 2009
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Biting
by: francesco

i have a wonderful boy called Dexter. he is 12 weeks old and his nick name is Jaws.!!
He bites a lot and we have tried every trick in the book but nothing seems to work.
Yelping, shouting "no", ignoring him..( a bit hard when he jumps up and bites you with his sharp puppy teeth on the thigh, knee or the calf.) We have found that locking him in the empty room for 5 minutes does calm him down. We are not sure if it is the right thing to do but we are waiting for him to lose his puppy teeth so that it doesn't hurt quite so much.
ICECUBES seem to keep him occupied for a bit, probably soothing on the gums and entertainment following it around the floor, he loves it.
If anyone has any other ideas of what to do we would love to hear from you as arms and legs are looking like battle zones!

Oct 02, 2009
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Biting
by: Michele

As you probably know, puppies lose their teeth just as kids do. And like kids, their gums bother them while teething. Puppies biting is common and it will likely stop as the baby teeth fall out and new teeth come in. You should be sure your puppy knows that biting is not acceptable for any reason. Usually once teething is over that biting will stop, however if it doesn't you could have a mouthing problem. This is when dogs think it's okay to put their mouths on you. Mouthing after a dog matures can definitely be a problem. There is a good article I found about this you might want to read. Try this link: http://www.petplace.com/dogs/nipping-and-mouthing-by-dogs/page1.aspx

It's best to set limits now and be sure the puppy realizes who the pack leader is - YOU!

Oct 02, 2009
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RE: biting
by: Betsy KIehl

Our little Nellie is almost 4 months old....I gother when she was 6 weeks ld. Biting was also a problem with her. When she would bite, I would immediately say NO!!! and show my displeasure. It worked, somewhat. What I found out is that it lessened and lessened until she grew out of it. Show your pup your displeasure when she bites, and draw away from her. Then, just be patient....she will eventually stop. Good idea with the chew toys.

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